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NH News
3:28 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

N.H. House Paves The Way For Gas Tax Hike

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The 193-141 vote means the state’s gas tax will rise 4.2 cents, the first increase to the state’s current 18-cent per gallon levy on gasoline and diesel since 1991.

The battle over NH’s gas tax has been pitched in recent years. When Governor John Lynch was in the corner office, he promised to veto any increase to the gas tax.

Last year the democratically- controlled N.H. House passed a 12-cent tax hike that was rejected by the GOP led State Senate.

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NH News
11:27 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Ex-Manchester Diocese Official Sentenced To Prison, Must Pay Back $288K

Msgr. Edward Arsenault
Credit Saint Luke Institute

A former top Manchester diocese official has been ordered to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars to the church and other organizations in a plea deal reached this morning.

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NH News
5:30 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Governor Hassan Calls On Senate To Increase Minimum Wage

Governor Maggie Hassan is urging Senate lawmakers to increase the state’s minimum wage.

In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, Governor Hassan writes that boosting the rate would accelerate the state’s economic growth.

“Restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage will help our economy by putting more money in the pockets of hard-working people of all ages to spend at businesses across the state,” writes Hassan.

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NH News
3:33 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Wall Street Bond Firm Gives New Hampshire Negative Outlook

A Wall Street firm is downgrading New Hampshire's bond outlook from stable to negative, but at the same time affirmed the state's high bond rating.

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NH News
3:29 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Pilot Rescued, Hospitalized After Lake Winnipesaukee Crash

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Divers are working to recover a small plane that crashed into Lake Winnipesaukee earlier today.

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NH News
1:59 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

House Committee Pans Senate-Backed Plan For Two Casinos

A Senate plan to legalize two casinos could be headed for a familiar fate in the House, after members of the Ways and Means committee voted 11-9 Tuesday to kill the proposal.

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NH News
1:48 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Inside The Buffer Zone: A Look At The N.H. Bill To Keep Abortion Protesters Back

Proposed buffer zone where activists won't be able to assemble outside the Manchester Planned Parenthood if SB 319 becomes law.
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

  The House Judiciary committee considered a bill Tuesday that would create a 25 foot buffer zone to keep anti-abortion activists clear of abortion clinic entrances. While it’s expected to become law, it may face legal challenges when the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a similar law in Massachusetts.


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On the Political Front
9:01 am
Mon April 21, 2014

On The Political Front For April 21

Credit Sara Plourde

On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the fallout from last week's Senate vote on the death penalty repeal.

They also talk about Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein's stance on political issues and what's coming up at the Statehouse this week.

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NH News
8:55 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Attorney General Appeals To Supreme Court To Keep Reams Off The Job

Credit Rockingham County Attorney's office

New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster has appealed to the state Supreme Court that he in fact had the authority to strip suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams of his prosecutorial authority.

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NH News
5:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Senate Finance Committee To Take Up Minimum Wage Bill

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The Senate Finance committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that aims to boost New Hampshire’s minimum wage.

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NH News
2:17 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

UNH To Put $54 Million Toward Buildings And Pool

Hamilton Smith Hall
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  The University System of New Hampshire voted Friday to put $54 million toward building renovations and acquisitions at UNH’s Durham Campus. 

$37 million will be spent renovating Hamilton Smith Hall, which houses UNH’s English Department, ESOL, Journalism and writing programs. The building has not been renovated in more than 30 years, and does not meet all disability and safety standards. 

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NH News
2:05 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Portsmouth Begins $50,000 Digital 3-D Downtown Modeling Project

Jared Foley of Kittery's Tanagram 3DS takes a photo of the Portsmouth Athenaeum.
Credit Emily Corwin

  Conflict between commercial growth and historic preservation is a constant in Portsmouth, where city meetings over building heights often run late into the night. Now, city leaders hope a new 3-D model of downtown Portsmouth will bring context to the conversation.

Portsmouth is paying the Kittery archetectural rendering firm Tanegram 3DS $50,000 to create this interactive map, which Portsmouth principal planner Nick Cracknell says will be used by land use and zoning boards.

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NH News
5:49 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

12-12 Senate Deadlock Preserves Death Penalty

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Michael Briggs, the Manchester Police officer shot in the line of duty in 2006, and his killer, Michael Addison, who now sits on death row, both loomed large in the debate.

An indication of how large could be seen in the front row of the senate gallery.

That’s where Manchester police officials, including the chief and he lead investigator of the Briggs muder stood in full uniform the whole time. 15 feet down in the senate floor Michael Briggs name came up almost immediately – by people on both sides of the issue.

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NH News
3:07 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

N.H. Senate Refuses To Consider Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

 

New Hampshire's Senate has refused to consider a House bill that would have decriminalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.

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Foodstuffs
2:23 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

White Whiskey The Specialty For Nashua's First Distillery

Andy Harthcock pours a sample of Beat 3, the distillery's white whiskey.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

There are plenty of breweries popping up all across New Hampshire, but a husband and wife recently opened Nashua’s first distillery.

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